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Thursday, March 25, 2004 

Uefa Cup Preview: PSV-Auxerre

PSV Eindhoven will be favourites as they play hosts to Auxerre at the Philips stadium, after forcing the French side to a 1-1 draw in the first leg. The two squads will be weakened by a series of injuries, which could benefit to PSV, since a goalless draw would be enough to take them through to the quarter-finals.

With half their regulars sidelined, Auxerre face an uphill battle if they are to progress. But manager Guy Roux insists that his side have "nothing to lose". In the previous round, Auxerre had been held at home by Panathanaïkos, only to progress courtesy of a 1-0 away win in the second leg.

PSV boss Guus Hiddink is confident his side will make it through to the next round, but he's wary of the Auxerre threat. "We will have to show great tactical discipline", the Dutchman said.

Probable starting line-ups:

PSV: Waterreus - Lee, Bouma, Hofland, Colin - Van Der Schaaf, Addo, Van Bommel, De Jong - Vennegoor of Hesselink or Vonlanthen, Kezman

Auxerre: Cool - Jaurès, Boumsong, Grichting, Perrier-Doumbe - Violeau, Mathis, Sirieix - Lachuer - Akalé, Kapo

Prediction: Given the long list of injuries that both sides have to cope with, don't expect a goal galore at the Philips stadium.

PSV should capitalise on their good 1-1 draw away to Auxerre in the first leg to progress. A 1-0 home win is the most likely result for tonight's match.

Source: Soccerage


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